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Babatha’s OrchardThe Yadin Papyri and an Ancient Jewish Family Tale Retold$
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Philip F. Esler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767169.001.0001

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An Ancient Jewish Family Tale

An Ancient Jewish Family Tale

(p.221) 10 An Ancient Jewish Family Tale
Babatha’s Orchard

Philip F. Esler

Oxford University Press

In 99 CE a Nabatean official called Archelaus purchased a date-palm orchard on the southern shore of the Dead Sea from a woman called ’Abi-‘adan. P. Yadin 2 constitutes the contract of purchase. Almost immediately his father died and to repay his father’s large debt (stemming from a deed signed in 94 CE, P. Yadin 1), he had the purchase rescinded. This allowed him to pay the refunded purchase price to his father’s creditor, a woman called ’Amat-’Isi. Soon after, Shim‘on, Babatha’s father, purchased the orchard from ’Abi-‘adan, but enlarged by the addition of an extra plot adjacent to it. The deed for this is P. Yadin 3. The extra plot was transferred by Hasmar’il son of Lutay, to ’Abi-‘adan, his wife, in satisfaction of a debt he owed her. That grant is P. Yadin 4. To secure his title, Shim‘on persuaded Archelaus to give him P. Yadin 1 and 2.

Keywords:   contract of purchase, date-palm orchard, debt, grant, rescission, securing title, universal succession

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